Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Last Bison announce new album 'VA' (out 9/30) & US tour this Fall, share first single "Every Time" #FREEBEE

To capture the new sounds on The Last Bison's upcoming album titled VA (It's called "VA," but it is pronounced Virginia. out 9/30), the band spent many days and nights in an old A-frame cabin, on the outskirts of the Great Dismal Swamp near the band's home in Chesapeake, VA. Out of this rustic cabin emerged a collection of music with booming organic drums and energy beyond anything from their previous work. The 11 songs on VA reveal a rejuvenated band relishing in their newfound freedom and returning to their independent roots.
The band has undergone some changes. Gone is the 19th-century stagecoach attire favored by the musicians while touring in support of last year's "Inheritance." Cellist Amos Housworth has married percussionist-vocalist Annah Hardesty. And the band has lost a member, dropping percussionist Jay Benfante in favor of a full drum kit played by session musicians on some tracks. Housworth also adds some electric bass, the first time the band has departed from its all-acoustic sound.

Ben Hardesty, who is the primary songwriter and vocalist, also recorded the drum tracks on the new album.  Andrew Benfante, who has played a 1930s reed organ on previous works, adds piano to the layers, and Amos Housworth has expanded from cello to offering all the bass tracks on the project. Dan Hardesty alternates from banjo to mandolin to guitar, while he and Annah Housworth, who plays bells, provide the lush backing vocals. Teresa Totheroh's violin is the thread that sows the myriad parts together.

Upcoming Tour Dates

9/26 - Richmond, VA - The Camel (tix)
9/30 - Pittsburgh, PA - Hard Rock Cafe (tix)
10/01 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop (tix)
10/02 - Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern (tix)
10/03 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry (tix)
10/04 - Rock Island, IL - Rozz Tox (tix)
10/16 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge (tix)
10/17 - Fairfield, CT - StageOne
10/18 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live (tix)
10/22 - Durham, NC - Motorco Music Hall (tix)
10/23 - Atlanta, GA - Vinyl (tix)
10/24 - Athens, GA - New Earth Music Hall (tix)
10/25 - Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre (tix)
11/06 - Vienna, VA - Jammin' Java (tix)
11/07 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern (tix)

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